Indian Schools Student Transportation


To provide funds to each Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded school for the round trip transportation of students between home and the school site.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Education Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.; Tribally Controlled Schools Act, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribes or tribal organizations currently served by a BIE-funded school.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children between the ages of 5 and 21 who are members of or are at least a one-fourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.
Written evidence of approval of the application by the tribal governing body of the students served by or to be served by the school. "Tribal governing body" means the tribal governing body or tribal governing bodies that represent at least 90 percent of the students served by such school.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An applicant should consult the Education Line Officer who will provide technical assistance.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. To become a contract school, applications should be developed in accordance with 25 CFR Part 900. To become a grant school, applications should be developed in accordance with 25 USC 2501 et seq.
Award Procedure
The Education Line Officer will ensure the application is complete and forward the application to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, with a recommendation for approval/disapproval.
July 1, 2021 Schools must submit their applications and a copy of the tribe's approval of the application by March 1. Evidence that all administrative systems are in place such as accounting, personnel and property must be submitted by July 1. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applications for contract schools will be processed within 90 days; applications for grant schools will be processed within 180 days after the date the application is submitted to the BIE Education Line Officer.
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR Part 900.
Awards are made annually and are renewed automatically based on satisfactory performance by the grantee.
How are proposals selected?
Applicants meeting eligibility criteria are funded.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to only be used for the transportation of students who are eligible under the Indian School Equalization Program (ISEP) as provided for under 25 CFR 39 and are enrolled in a BIE- funded school or dormitory.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Funds are allocated in accordance with 25 CFR 39 Subpart G. The Director, Bureau of Indian Education will review transportation allotment factors each year and make changes in factors based on changes in transportation costs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Funds are added to the recipient school's Public Law 100-297 Grant or Public Law 93-638 Contract on July 1 and December 1. Payments are made in advance or by way of reimbursement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Education Line Officers' addresses in Catalog Appendix IV.
Headquarters Office
Joe Herrin
1849 C Street, N.W.
Bureau of Indian Education, MS 4657 MIB
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: (202)208-7658
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22 FY 23 FY 24 FY 21$0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$4,589,749.00; FY 16 est $53,145,000.00; FY 17 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $2,870 to $1,630,820; Average $328,061.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR 39; 25 CFR 45; 25 CFR 900.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available. No Information Available.


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